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Posted on November 5 at 9:56 a.m.


1) California Death Penalty Cost "Studies"

2) a) The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives

b) Innocents More At Risk Without Death Penalty

3) US Death Penalty Support at 80%; World Support Remains High

On True Permanent Imprisonment

Posted on November 5 at 9:54 a.m.

PROP. 34: The Truth Will Kill It
Dudley Sharp

An honest discussion about Prop 34 would result in its overwhelming defeat.


Are the cost claims made by the pro Prop 34 folks reliable (1)? No.

The ACLU cost review was easily destroyed (1) and Mitchell and Alarcon, of the $4 billion study infamy, refuse to share their database (1), which we can presume has problems and, therefore, no one can, responsibly, depend upon that review.

Is it possibly that life without parole (LWOP) may cost more than the death penalty? Yes (1).

Is it required that California citizens allow their representatives to be so irresponsible with both their state budget and death penalty management? Of course not.

Virginia has executed 75% of those sentenced to death and has done so within 7.1 years, on average.

All states, inclusive of California, could implement similar protocols and save money over LWOP.


Is it true that innocents are better protected by a death penalty protocol? Yes, in three different ways (2). Innocents are more at risk without the death penalty (2).


Ask the media (or insert any industry) this question.

How principled are you?

If you had a group of corrupt people, who only wanted to shut down the media, by sabotaging the media, would you say, OK, shut down all media?

Or would you say, let's clean it up, get you bad folks out of the picture, and make it work?

A vote for Prop 34 is a vote for folks who have intentionally obstructed justice in these cases, meaning anti death penalty legislators, the defense bar and judges who have made the death penalty so irresponsible and who are the same folks telling us to reward them by giving them what they have been working for, based upon the horrible system they have engineered.

A better idea.

How about demanding a responsible system, such as Virginia's, whereby 75% of those sentenced to death have been executed within 7.1 years, on average - a system similar to what Ca should have, if responsible folks were in charge.

Calif has executed 1.4% of those sentenced because such mismanagement is what such obstructionists (read Prop 34) had in mind.


In addition, 80% of US folks support the death penalty for, truly, "death penalty eligible" murders (3), just as from 56% to 83% have also supported the death penalty when, wrongly, asked about their approval for the death penalty for murders, for which about 90% are not death penalty eligible (3).


On True Permanent Imprisonment

Posted on April 28 at 7:11 p.m.

Death Penalty: Saving Costs over LWOP?

Can any jurisdiction have a responsible death penalty protocol whereby the costs are similar or less expensive than life without parole cases?

Of course.

Virginia has executed 65% of those sent to death row in 5-7 years after sentencing, because of strict timelines for thorough appeals, a process validated through both state and federal courts.

It is crucial to check the claims and methodology of the death penalty cost studies. Often they are either very deceptive or inaccurate, just as some studies which compare the costs of the death penalty vs life without parole. Instead of an apples to apples comparison, we often find a kangaroos to apples comparison.

1) "Death Penalty Cost Studies: Saving Costs over LWOP"

2) "Duke (North Carolina) Death Penalty Cost Study: Let's be honest"
(NOTE: A 2009 study, by one of these authors, found that by ending the death penalty NC might save $11 million , or about 1 penny ever third day/person. I have not read it, yet, but based upon this professors prior study, reviewed here, the death penalty likely saves money.)

3) Cost Savings: The Death Penalty

4) See 4th comment down within comments:

The California Death Penalty Fraud:

Posted by dudleysharp on August 19, 2010 at 4:35 AM | Report this comment

Rebuttal to ACLU:
and A Rebuttal to "Cut This: The Death Penalty"(1)
Death Penalty vs Life Costs in California

More cost reviews upon request.

On Executing Justice

Posted on April 28 at 6:58 p.m.

You should have fact checked.

Of all human endeavors that put innocents at risk, is there one with a better record of sparing innocent lives than the US death penalty? Unlikely.

1) "The Death Penalty: More Protection for Innocents"

2) Opponents in capital punishment have blood on their hands, Dennis Prager, 11/29/05,

3) "A Death Penalty Red Herring: The Inanity and Hypocrisy of Perfection", Lester Jackson Ph.D.,

The false innocence claims by anti death penalty activists are legendary. Some examples:

4) "The Innocent Executed: Deception & Death Penalty Opponents"

5) The 130 (now 139) death row "innocents" scam

On Executing Justice

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